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SPRING 2017 NEWSLETTER

Welcome

Autism Guernsey is here to help.

We provide a range of services, clubs and social groups for adults and children on the spectrum and their families or carers.

These range from enabling children to take part in activities that they might otherwise find difficult, a personalised outreach service, interest group, youth groups and drop-in advisory service.

Autism Awareness Week, 27th March - 2nd April

Autism Awareness Week raises awareness of issues surrounding people with autism worldwide.

Here are some positive viewpoints on autism, and inspiring personal stories: -

‘I saw being autistic as an opportunity, not a weakness’
 
Couple With Autism Can Teach Us All A Valuable Lesson About Romantic Love

How I connected with my autistic son through video games
 


Lucy Rose Jewellery has made some fun, unique and meaningful bracelets! Each of the stones was specifically chosen to represent and support some of the characteristic struggles of Autism. 

£15 plus £2 postage - £5 from each bracelet sold will be donated to National Autistic Society Guernsey Branch and Autism Guernsey.

These can be found on the Lucy Rose Jewellery web page www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LucyRoseGemJewellery

FUNDRAISING

Autism Guernsey Flag Day - Saturday 1st April

Autism Guernsey will be holding their annual Flag Day on Saturday 1st April 2017 to coincide with World Autism Awareness Day on 2nd April.

We still need additional volunteers, so if you can spare some time (from 9.30am onwards, for 1 1/2 hour slots) to hold a bucket please contact Gillian Clark on gillianclark@aol.com or 07781 436360.  Locations are: Co-Op (St Martin's and The Bridge), Waitress (Rohais and Admiral Park), M&S (L'Islet and St Martin's), and Forest Stores. 

Thank you so much for your support.


The National Autism Conference!


Drawing together examples of best practice across the different sectors, the insights and ideas that an Autism Guernsey representative would gain at the conference will feed into the charity's ongoing work with people on the autism spectrum in the Bailiwick.

 

Tom Moore, who has Asperger's, was invited to Co-Chair a day at the Conference and was accompanied by Katie Sweeney, one of Autism Guernsey's Family Support Workers. Thanks to the fog, they were significantly delayed and Tom was grateful for Katie's support: "She did make the trip back easier. She found it easier to talk to the Menzies coordinator and the other passengers, had a calming effect amid changes to plan and provided me with some company when I would otherwise have been alone."

We are still trying to raise funds to cover the cost of this conference. Can you help?

Thank you for your support.
CLICK HERE TO DONATE

Lottery

The primary aim of the Autism Guernsey Lottery is to ensure the sustainability of the Charity. Autism Guernsey offers a range of support in the local community including an Outreach Service where staff give one-to-one help to individuals and families. Demand outstrips our capacity and therefore we have a significant waiting list with referrals for support being received on a daily basis.  To download a registration form, click here.

The charity receives no financial support from the States and has to rely on fundraising and charitable donations to continue the valuable work within the community.

Like & Share

WIN a Sunday lunch buffet and carvery for two!  Courtesy of La Barbarie Hotel and Restaurant.

1. Like the Autism Guernsey and La Barbarie Hotel Guernsey Facebook Pages.
2. Share this post, tagging a friend you would love to treat to a delicious Sunday lunch!

Competition closes Monday 27th March.  Voucher to be used by 30th April 2017 (excluding Easter Sunday)
CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

The Club With No Name

This is a new club for over-18s which offers the chance to get together every other Monday from 7.30-9.30pm (times may vary, so please check with Dave). 

Specifically designed for adults on the autism spectrum or those with mobility difficulties.

The aim is for the club to develop according to the wishes of its members. Transport can be arranged if notice is given.

For further information please click here, or contact Dave Le Page on 07911 151397 or by email: sailingdave@live.co.uk

Amazing Club

The Amazing Club takes place every Tuesday evening from 6-8pm. at the Youth Commission at Les Ozouets. Designed for young people aged 11-16 years on the autism spectrum, the club offers the chance to make new friends and try something different. 

If you would like your child to attend The Amazing Club, please contact Autism Guernsey to request a referral form.

Teenage Drop-In Den

The Drop-In Den takes place every Wednesday afternoon from 4.15-5.15pm at the Guille-Alles Library during term time. Designed for young people on the autism spectrum aged 14 to 18 years old, the club offers the chance to make new friends and try something different.  

If you would like your child to attend the drop-in please fill out this form and send it to Autism Guernsey.
UPCOMING EVENTS

WCocktail Challenge - Another Day in Paradise

To be held at the Urban Kitchen at 6pm on Friday 12th May 2017. Cocktail making challenge, caribbean themed. Prizes for the highest earning team and most creative cocktail. Teams to sell their cocktails to guests for donations.

Keep a look out on our Website Events Page and Facebook page for further information.

52 Mile Charity Cycle Ride

Sunday 25th June 2017. Cycle ride in aid of Autism Guernsey. Please keep this date in your diary. Fun family event,  all ages, abilities and styles of cycle welcome. Shorter routes will be available. Further details to be announced.

Rough Golf in Herm

Rough golfing family event to be held in Herm on Saturday 8th July 2017. 

Further details to follow.

 

 

Governor's Summer Fete

We are excited to have been invited to hold a stall at Government House on Saturday 29th July.  We will be selling second-hand children's books and are looking for book donations. All funds raised will go directly to Autism Guernsey. If you can help us please either inbox us, send an email to office@autismguernsey.org.gg, or Tel: 245272.  Thank you.
PREVIOUS EVENTS

Coding Event

A proud moment for Autism Guernsey and the families of the participants when they received their Certificates after successfully completing the Coding Course.

They all did an amazing job and presented their completed websites to their families and guests on the last day of the course.  This worthwhile course will enable the participants to continue learning about coding and designing websites, which may ultimately lead them to achieving gainful employment within these areas.

Many thanks to the Rotary Club and Art Leadbeater who drove around the Island backwards twice to raise money for the course.  Art is a member of the Rotary Club of Guernsey and via a generous grant from the Rotary Foundation, funds he raised from the 'Reversathon' were matched pound for pound to cover the cost of the course.

INFORMATION, ADVICE & RESOURCES
GUERNSEY AUTISM PARTNERSHIP (GAP)
Launched in January, GAP is a partnership between Autism Guernsey and NAS Guernsey.  The aim is to provide a drop-in advice and support service for anyone impacted by autism.  We also have a range of reference books on autism,and sensory items such as weighted blankets, vibrating cushions, neck rolls, lap cushions, available for loan.

GAP is based at the Autism Guernsey Offices, and available on Thursdays, 8.30am - 5.30pm.

 

Please visit the GAP website http://www.gap.org.gg, contact us on Tel: 247711, or email: info@gap.org.gg for more information.
AUTISM FRAMEWORK
The Autism Framework document is now available online at:
http://www.gov.gg/autismframework
NEW INFORMATION RESOURCE - signpost.gg
The States have launched an online information resource,providing information for parents and carers of children with disabilities and also disabled adults and carers.
http://www.signpost.gg
THANK YOU!
We are extremely grateful for the following donations received during the first quarter of 2017. Without donations such as these we would be unable to remain sustainable as we receive no States funding.

£30 – Bonfire night
£34.53 – Charity boxes
£300 – Gower Financial Christmas party Raffle
£100 – Ladies that Lunch
£1000 – Rothschild for GAP resources
£227.20 – BWCI Foundation staff dress down day
£174.05 – Intertrust staff dress down day
£1,000 – Donation from client’s family
£425.48 – Amherst Primary School
£68.83 – Hampshire Lodge collection tin
£388 – Ogier Advocates – 365 challenge
 
Grateful thanks to The Rotary Club and Art Leadbetter who funded the recent Coding Course.  (You can read more about this in Previous Events above).
 
KIND WORDS
08.03.17
 
“In early 2016 we were introduced to Autism Guernsey, since which Anne Blondel has been amazing.  Anne has helped xxxx through many difficult situations, including helping keep her in the employment that she has been in for the past 30 years.  Without Anne we are certain that xxxx would have lost her job.  Anne has been extremely helpful both for xxxx and for her employers to help them understand how things can change to support xxxx at work.
 
Please accept our donation for £1,000 for your extremely helpful and worthwhile charity, sent with our thanks, and in recognition of your team’s time and dedication in supporting xxxx through a very difficult year.”
 
22.03.17
 
"8 days in a row of perfect sleep! I hoped this blanket might help but never dreamed it would be this transformative! I am absolutely in your debt!
On Friday night I tried to order a replacement blanket, but the website didn't seem to want to deliver to Guernsey... I was sure that a phonecall would sort it out but didnt want to have to wait til Monday, so had a look around for alternatives. I am a keen sewer, so when I found a few tutorials for making your own, and discovered that you can buy the pellets on Amazon, I chose that route. The pellets arrived yesterday, and by today I had finished! I used a spare duvet cover for one side and a new fleece blanket from Alliance for the other. It has gone down well and is working tonight so far, so I can return your loan blanket. 
Now that I know how to do these, if you ever hear of anyone who perhaps needs a different size of blanket to standard and so can't get hold of the right thing, please feel free to contact me to see if I can help - I am just so amazed by the impact her", and would hate for someone to be missing out on a similar benefit. Thank you again!"


24.03.17

"Dear Autism Guernsey

I am writing to say that as a sibling supporting my adult brother with Aspergers I recently attended one of your drop in sessions on a Thursday.

I felt very welcome, it was most helpful to talk with the two ladies that I met, one of whom was able to speak from personal experience of the condition which was very insightful. The information I learnt from the meeting helped me to gain a clearer understanding which is helping  me to support my brother with empathy and more appropriately.

Thank you for helping me and for providing this much needed service, I am so grateful.”


 
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